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It’s almost like Plato had a Twitter account, eh?

Who is Plato?

Plato (/ˈpleɪtoʊ/ PLAY-toeGreekΠλάτων Platon; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

He is widely considered a pivotal figure in the history of Ancient Greek and Western philosophy, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle. Plato has also often been cited as one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality. The so-called neoplatonism of philosophers such as Plotinus and Porphyry greatly influenced Christianity through Church Fathers such as AugustineAlfred North Whitehead once noted: “the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”

Plato was an innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. Plato is also considered the founder of Western political philosophy. His most famous contribution is the theory of Forms known by pure reason, in which Plato presents a solution to the problem of universals known as Platonism (also ambiguously called either Platonic realism or Platonic idealism). He is also the namesake of Platonic love and the Platonic solids.

His own most decisive philosophical influences are usually thought to have been, along with Socrates, the pre-Socratics PythagorasHeraclitus and Parmenides, although few of his predecessors’ works remain extant and much of what we know about these figures today derives from Plato himself. Unlike the work of nearly all of his contemporaries, Plato’s entire body of work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years. Although their popularity has fluctuated, Plato’s works have consistently been read and studied.

Plato has also been immensely influential in the modern era’s search for lost civilizations and its preoccupation with both Egypt and a/the Great Flood. In his writings, the great philosopher stated that his ancestor Solon learned about a real civilization, Atlantis, from Egyptian religious leaders who claimed to him that Dynastic Egypt is directly descended from Atlantis. Plato did not imply that Atlantis is an allegory. He stated outright that Atlantis was real.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), modern science can now align Plato’s stated Atlantean fall quite closely with a global flood event known as Meltwater Pulse 1B.

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